Any of the processes involved in this instructable can easily be applied to any project in the realm of hacked electronics, DIY hardware, or digital fabrication. That said, I hope you enjoy: Making Glove One.
Step 1: Preparation
If you choose to start from scratch, I'd imagine the entire build would take about two months (not including delivery times for components or outsourced parts). That's of course assuming you already have a bit of experience with a CAD program and know your way around a soldering iron.
If you start from my cad drawings, you could easily bang out your own Glove One in less than a month.
That said, I will start this tutorial by laying out all of the materials and tools I used for the build, and provide links where I can.
Materials used for the project:
- masking tape
- electrical tape
- shrink tubing
- surface-mount tactile switches (KSR251G)
- custom 3D print from Ponoko (see 'Step 6: Digital Fabrication')
- sheet metal components cut by Ponoko (if you don't cut your own)
- micro nuts and bolts (from microfasteners.com)
- extension springs (from Small Parts on Amazon)
- a used or new cell phone (I used Burg Watch Phone "Midnight Black")
- zap-a-gap epoxy (on Amazon)
- plastic-bond spray paint (I used 'Fusion for Plastic' by Krylon)
- plasti-dip (from Plasti-Dip on Amazon)
- 3in x 3in x .06in PETG Sheet Plastic (I used scraps, but can find on Amazon or Midland Plastics)
- 3in x 3in x .06in Acrylic Sheet Plastic (I used an old scrap, but can find on Amazon or Midland Plastics)
- .5in x .5in copper foil OR copper foil tape (on Amazon)
Tools Required for the project:
- digital camera OR scanner
- soldering iron
- small screwdriver
- exacto knife
- 600, 600, and 1200 grit wet-or-dry sandpaper
- heat gun
Other useful (but not required) materials/tools for the project:
- card stock or manilla folders
- several short wooden dowels
- reusable poster adhesive
- de-soldering wick
- all-purpose cleaning agent
- metal files and/or sanding sticks
- dremel tool
- vinyl plotter (I bought a Vinyl Express for only $250 and it has come in handy for tons of projects!)
- 8in x 10in x .02in sheet aluminum (if you plan to cut your own metal components - from Small Parts on Amazon)
- CnC mill (if you plan to cut your own metal components - I used a friend's Taig Desktop CnC Mill)
Before we get started, I'd just like to mention that as this project involves chemicals and potentially dangerous tools, it is important to take appropriate safety measures (i.e. rubber gloves, respirators, safety glasses.) I'm safe. I'm set.